Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Allegany with over 30 years experience leading retreats. She enjoys being with people on retreat as they open themselves to God’s blessings. After a career in elementary education as a teacher, then administrator, Sister Cathy trained as an alcoholism counselor at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. This led eventually to retreat ministry.  Presently retreat work and spiritual direction are her main ministry as she travels widely to spread the joy found in a relationship with the God who wants a relationship with us. She is also administrator of The Sisters’ House, a former convent that has become a place where women in recovery can gather for spiritual enrichment.

Sister Cathy leads retreats and days of reflection for parish staffs, school faculties, small faith communities, bible study groups, and any group desiring spiritual renewal.

Some recent retreat themes for these groups:

  • Gratitude: An Essential for a Full Life
  • When You Pray…
  • Praying with the Psalms
  • Women in the Gospels, Models of Faith
  • Forgiveness: Giving and Receiving It
  • Prayer and Meditation as Foundation for Life
  • Beginning the Year Together
  • Reflections on the Serenity Prayer
  • Living with Change, Growing with Change
  • Allowing God to Make Us Instruments of God’s Peace

Many of the retreats that Sister Cathy leads are for people who utilize a 12 Step Program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, NA, GA, etc.

Some of the recent topics for 12 step retreats:

  • Growing Along Spiritual Lines
  • Grounded in the Steps
  • Being Conscious of God’s Contact With Us
  • Intimacy and Spirituality
  • Traveling the Path of Imperfection
  • Gratitude as a Basis for Spiritual Growth
  • Listening to the Language of the Heart
  • A Fresh Look at the St Francis Prayer
  • The Spirituality of the 12 Steps
  • Being Made Channels of God’s Peace
  • A Fresh Look at the Serenity Prayer
  • We Are Adult Children of a Loving God
  • Forgiveness: Receiving It and Giving It
  • Simply Enough; Recognizing Abundance
  • Ways to Pray and Meditate
  • It Is All About Connections